Finished project – Strawberry Pi shawl

Quick skip back to early 2016 and one of my more extraordinary projects. This. Shawl. Is. Huge. It is light, it is warm, it is enormous. It was a pleasure to knit and it’s a pleasure to wear. What I have realised though, trying to orchestrate a photoshoot, is that it’s also quite tricky to…

Yarn in the garden (lazyblogging video edition)

Item 1: I received a very cute package of yarn from a friend this week. Item 2: I am too lazy to write a proper blog post about it. Item 3: It is beautiful outside this evening, so I filmed myself opening it in the garden instead. Item 4: Gareth and I are about to watch the…

Once upon a sock in May – Fyre socks

First Thursday of the month already? OK then. Definitely check out what socky-goodness Paula (Spin a Yarn), Katherine (Fiber and Sustenance) and Stefanie (Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons) have been working on this month – and if you’d like to join our sock gang then do get in touch with any of us. (Look at our cute little…

Finished project – Alonzo socks

I finished them! The same day as my last post I grafted the two toes and then danced around the house for a while. I am in love with these socks. The pattern is a finicky one and I didn’t ever truly commit it to memory, but such is the way of twisty-turny travelling twisted…

Once upon a sock in April – all types of needles

Two months into joining the once upon a sock-a-long and I am already late – sorry sorry! I’ve had a bit of a nasty migraine and have been trying to keep away from the screen, but I feel too guilty to leave it much longer. As a result  some of the pics on this are…

Sunday stitches

I cast on for the Voyager Stole earlier this week. Loving how cleverly the edge of the piece takes on the overall leaf lace pattern. I’m seven repeats in of at least 44, so the finished object might take a little while. In other news the Alonzo socks are one Kitchener graft away from completion, and I’ve bought the…

Finished project – Cameo

One of the bonuses of my cosy Air BnB in Edinburgh was a huge mirror and lots of light. So I took the chance to take a few pictures of me wearing another project finished last year – my Cameo shawl. And then I realised that taking a picture of yourself in a mirror rarely…

An ode to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is brilliant, and so is its yarn festival. I’ve had the perfect weekend, largely focused around friends, food and drink. And yarn. Honestly no downside. My trip seemed to get off to an inauspicious start, with my train being two and a half hours delayed. As it turned out, I was surrounded by friendly funny…

Musing on past blogging

Looking back to when I first started this blog is a look back to another life. Hey, here’s my first post! Or rather, here’s my first post of any actual content*. Back in 2005, knit blogging was a very different experience. There were far, far fewer blogs to read. There were a few big names…

My afternoon, a still life

And in no way a hastily taken photo to make the most of a rare patch of sun illuminating the pile of knitting detritus next to me. Top of the knitting pile (and bottom of the photo): a swatch of the lace pattern from Sabbatical, in Lithuanian lace linen. The pattern suggests sportweight, which is…

Travel and sock-knitting, all good (once upon a sock edition)

Sorry for the radio silence in the last few weeks – a work trip abroad somehow threw all other commitments out of the window for a week or two. Sadly it also meant a bit of slowdown on knitting, too, because I was flying with Emirates who are particularly mean about letting knitting needles onto…

Yarn chicken

Turns out my maths wasn’t quite exact enough. All the way along the cast-off row (which is a stretchy one and takes even more yarn than usual) I was thinking ‘but actually, there’s probably enough, no it’ll be fine, the law of satisfying knitting results dictates that I should be able to blog a picture…